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Royal College: trainees should have greater say over the training they receive

We are calling on the Government and senior NHS leaders to work with us to take steps to change the workplace culture for doctors of all specialties. Th...

Outgoing Chair of King’s: “We desperately need a fundamental rethink of the NHS”

I have this weekend decided to stand down from my role as chair of King’s College hospital, London. This was not a decision that I took lightly. I lov...

“There is simply nowhere to put patients” – reaction to A&E performance data

The alarming A&E performance figures released this week come as little surprise to those working within the health sector or indeed anyone who has been...

“Without investment, patients are at risk of avoidable harm and NHS is under threat”

President Professor Jane Dacre and 55 members of Council of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) have written to the Chancellor, Philip Hammond MP, settin...

Debate needed after sharp rise in children admitted to intensive care since 2009

Research published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood shows a sharp rise in children admitted to intensive care in England and Wales since 2009, a tr...

Reaction: CQC warns that the future of care is precarious in its annual review

Nuffield Trust Director of Research Professor John Appleby “The report shows that although most NHS patients still receive good and safe care, the sys...

Are you ready to assess a patient’s eligibility for free treatment of non-urgent care?

I have just come back from a holiday to the United States. As most foreign travellers do, I was tooled up to the teeth with health insurance in case disast...

Reaction to report highlighting massive reduction in the number of NHS hospital beds

RCP President, Jane Dacre "These stark figures from the King’s Fund do not come as a surprise to those working in medicine. Every day the chronic shor...

Clinical negligence: “We cannot go on like this with the NHS spending more and more on litigation”

Reaction to the NAO report that criticises Government efforts to tackle the spiraling clinical negligence bill the NHS faces: Niall Dickson, chief execu...

Reaction: Department of Health commit to increasing medical school numbers

BMA medical students committee co-chair Harrison Carter “It’s reassuring that the government is committed to increasing access to medical school for...

We’ve seen mob ignorance at its worst in the sad and sorry saga of Charlie Gard

As the sad and sorry saga of little Charlie Gard limps to its inevitable conclusion it is time to reflect on some of the issues it has raised. I persona...